Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
The Doctor Rock Trail
Siskiyou Mountains in Six Rivers National Forest California


I had heard about Doctor Rock as a sacred place of the Yurok people, but thought it was impossibly remote. It turned out to be just a couple of miles from the southern segment of the infamous G-O Road. The trail is unsigned, hidden behind a vehicle barrier near the end of the road.

It starts out as a fire road, in places paralleled by a footpath, but gets fainter as it drops down to a saddle and almost disappears as it climbs to the final ridge. I accidentally got on the wrong branch, to an old miners cabin, then bushwhacked up the ridge to the rock. I was not prepared for a long hike and was not carrying water, but a clear spring in serpentinite saved me, though all I had to drink out of was my lens-cap. It was exhilarating on the ridgetop, all alone, a grand panoramic view.



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The trail to Doctor Rock starts out through an extensive area of burned forest

(June 26, 2010)


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Serpentine balds add botanical interest and open up views along the trail to Doctor Rock

(June 26, 2010)


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A saddle with spring-fed pond just east of Doctor Rock

(June 26, 2010)


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I called this tiny seep "lens cap spring" because that was all I had to scoop up a much needed drinkl

(June 26, 2010)


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The trail I thought would lead to Doctor Rock actually turned out to end at this miners cabin

(June 26, 2010)


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Inside the cabin in the forest just east of Doctor Rock

(June 26, 2010)


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Doctor Rock, sacred to the Yurok, crowns this ridge high above Blue Creek in the Siskiyou Mountains

(June 26, 2010)


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